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Valentine's Day

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    How to Shop for Wine (Without Sounding like a Dick)

    For previous posts in our "how-to wine" series, please click here. Like so many women and men across America, hundreds of Houstonians will head to their neighborhood wine shop today to pick up a special bottle of wine for a Valentine's Day dinner. For some of them, it will be an extremely stressfu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Willie D's 10 Naughty & Romantic Tips For Valentine's Day & Beyond

    Editor's Note: This column is the one-year anniversary of Ask Willie D. Congratulations and a big thank-you to Houston's funniest, realest advice columnist! As any loyal Ask Willie D reader knows, I respond to a great deal of relationship-based letters. However, the fact that the column started its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Will You Be My Valentine, Houston? 10 Reasons to Fall in Love With the City's Food Scene

    Yes, yes, we've all bitched at some time in our lives that Valentine's Day is an arbitrary holiday created by greeting card companies to make money while simultaneously forcing single people to re-examine their sorry existences, and because of this, we've all become huge grouches. Until, that is, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    The Truth About Aphrodisiac Foods, or Do Oysters Really Make You Horny?

    It is said that Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, the notorious 18th-century lover, ate 50 oysters each morning for breakfast to increase his sexual stamina. Earlier, herbalist Nicholas Culpepper wrote that asparagus "stirs up lust in man and woman." And back before we even had a word for aphrodisiac, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Top 5 Chocolates in a Russell Stover Valentine's Day Mixed Box

    Ah, the heart-shaped box o' chocolates: a Valentine's Day tradition that's so cliché it's cool again (at least that's the rumor I'm starting). With so many different confections inside, it's hard to know just what to focus on during your V-Day binge. Here are the five standout chocolates in that mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Recipe of the Week: Flourless Chocolate Cake

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post This week (just in time for Valentine's Day), we're bringing you the king of all chocolate desserts, the flourless chocolate cake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Three Brothers Bakery Charms With Anti-Valentine's Day Treats

    Valentine's Day can really blow. The years I have been single and lonely on February 14t still outnumber the (recent) years when I have not been, so when people tell me they loathe the holiday because it only reinforces feelings of personal inadequacy brought on by their solo status, I can empathize ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Five Ways to Eat Chocolate for Breakfast

    In honor of February, Valentine's Day, and what is basically (for us at least) a month of unashamedly consuming chocolate, we're bringing you five delicious chocolate recipes that are completely acceptable as your first meal of the day. From chewy oatmeal bars to cocoa-punched pancakes, here are Fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    A Caviar Renaissance Plus Tips for Consumption

    Caviar was one of those things I always knew was super expensive even if I wasn't quite sure what it was. At the grocery store, my mother, not usually the type of parent to discourage me and my siblings from looking and touching things, would not let us manhandle those tiny jars filled with black bu ... More >>

  • Music

    May 30, 2013

    Once Bitten, Twice Shy

    Members of local rockers American Fangs battle a self-proclaimed vampire on tour.

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Another Man Sent My Girl Roses On Valentine's Day. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! LOVING ORANGE COUNTY Dear Willie D: I'm a newly single divorcée with lots of time and money ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    A Month of Chocolate: 28 Ways to Indulge

    We did it last year and this year, we're doing it again. It's almost February, which means in addition to fleeting resolutions, it's all about the chocolate baby. From Bacon & Chocolate Waffles to a piping cold cup of Frozen Hot Chocolate, here are 28 Ways to Indulge: Friday, February 1: Head to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Somm-vasion at Phil's Wine Lounge and More

    The brand-new Phil's Wine Lounge downstairs at Philippe is breaking in its boots by launching a Guest Sommelier Series starting February 6. Hosted by Vanessa Trevino Boyd -- resident sommelier at Philippe and last year's Best of Houston® winner for Best Sommelier -- the series will feature intimate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Early V-Day Prep: The "Have A Heart" Cocktail

    No sooner have the Christmas M&Ms been cleared from the shelves of Kroger then scores of red and pink chocolate boxes appear in preparation for Valentine's Day. I used to fight such excessively early celebrations. Now, I just kind of embrace it. In the spirit of the upcoming heart-themed holiday an ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 25, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Houston Restaurant Weeks Dinner at Vic & Anthony's

    You'd be hard-pressed to find a better deal than a $35 three-course meal at our 2011 Best Expense Account Restaurant. Lucky for us, Vic and Anthony's is participating in this year's Houston Restaurant Weeks. A top-notch filet and a donation to charity? I'm in. Last Friday was my first time at the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Bingo and Booze at Double Trouble

    Chuck Cook PhotographyLooking out onto the patio, where the bingo happens.​"G 48, G 48. Gee, I can't believe Whitney Houston was only 48." The basic requirements of bingo-calling are so undemanding that an illiterate person could fulfill them. Doing it well, though, takes wit, and often the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where our requests for extra food pellets in the machine in the employee break room have thus far been ignored by the Overlord. We started the week off right with a look at the world's sexiest wine, and uh... yeah. That just about set the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Where Are We Drinking?

    I'm fairly certain that this particular restaurant will be fully packed for Valentine's Day tonight at dinner; after all, it's one of the biggest new restaurants to hit Houston in a while. Does the glass of water in a Riedel glass below look familiar to you? Think you know where we're drinking this ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    We Love Food

    Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Rap Round Table: The Red Beast Is Nearing. Are You Prepared?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Fat Tony, KAB, Kyle Hubbard, Zavey, Medicine Girl, Mac, Eskabel, Delo, D-Risha, RoderickVonn, A.D.D. Not Invited: Mario O., who, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Make It An Easy Valentine's Day With To-Go Treats

    Want something better to give on Valentine's Day than a last-minute heart-shaped box of mediocre chocolates from the drug store? Several local bakers are offering baked goods and other items that you can order in advance and pick up when the big day is closer. Fluff Bake Bar and Fat Cat Creamery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Dinner For Two: A Romantic Valentine's Day Menu

    Romance is in the air...and in my kitchen. This year, my fiancé and I decided to skip our usual Valentine's Day steakhouse special and cook an at-home meal full of flavor and passion. With mussels, steak, and shrimp, I'm sure we won't be missing that over-priced prix-fixe steak dinner. Woo your l ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Speed Bartending and Valentine-Making

    Pondicheri's second monthly charity breakfast is planned for tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Half of the proceeds from all sales will go to benefit Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, so dig in. The following Monday, January 16, Valentines for Soldiers will take over the Saint Arnold brewery from 6 to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Valentines for Soldiers: Send Your Love (and Baked Goods) to Our Troops

    ​Although Christmas and New Year's Eve are right around the corner, we're already thinking of Valentine's Day here at Eating Our Words. And that's because this year's Valentines For Soldiers event on Monday, January 16, is going to be bigger and better than ever. Last year, the turnout for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Mourning Big H.A.W.K.'s Should've-Been Birthday

    Big H.A.W.K. should've been 42-years-old today. He should've been getting ready to release his newest album, Birds of Pray, the title a play on his name and his unwavering belief in Christ, the music a staunch spine of Houstonisms that Drake would've lovingly sampled in a few years secretly hopi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Garden Fresh: Red Bell Peppers

    ​The only plants left in my warm-weather garden are peppers: Anaheim chiles and bell peppers. The Anaheims are fiercely hot, an effect of the drought, and the green bells are just the opposite. In fact, green peppers are mildly bitter and boring, good mostly for salads, color, and grilled for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Joe Apa of Rudz

    ​Sitting at the bar at Rudz, I noticed that Chef Joe Apa was having one of his epic beer tastings on Valentine's Day, serving five courses paired with beer. I had never been to one of these events, which usually fall on the last Thursday of the month. The dinner started and ended with several ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Sweets for the Sweet at Perry's

    ​Perry's has introduced some new dessert items that took over a year to conceptualize, tweak, taste, tweak again and, finally, present to the public just in time for Valentine's Day - although, ironically, these desserts will NOT be available today, because Perry's is only offering a pre-fixe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Five NBA Love Stories (For Valentine's Day)

    The NBA: Love is in the air​Let me be the millionth to say that I hate Valentine's Day. It's a sham. It's a farce. It's a fabrication designed to stimulate the economy and jump-start jewelry, flower, restaurant and sex toy business for a random day in the dead period of February. And yet, as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Comment of the Day: A Truly Romantic Valentine's Day

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Valentine's Day Gifts: The Venn Diagram Gender Study of What Makes a Good Gift

    The clock's ticking on the Valentine's Day hunt, dudes. Do you know what to get? If you are the owner of a penis, probably not. What guys think are appropriate and acceptable gifts, and what women think are appropriate and acceptable gifts, are seldom the same thing. How do we know this? Venn diag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Valentine's Day: Nine Awful Gift Ideas

    We're sure that the procrastinators out there just started sweating reading that headline. Yes, you only have days to get that special whoever something for Valentine's Day, which is closing in on us, coming up on Monday. There are good gifts (all-day sex marathons, beef ribs served in bed, cash) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    ​As mentioned yesterday, Lunar New Year will be celebrated this weekend across the city and in Chinatown in particular. The city's two biggest events will both take place near each other tomorrow, Saturday, February 5, so you can hit both if you can't make up your mind. The Chinese Community ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Chefs Taste Test Edible "Marital Aids" for Valentine's Day

    We were terrified of the ball gag, too.​A chef, a pastry chef and a food critic walk into Erotic Cabaret. It's not the beginning of a joke; it's how I spent my Saturday afternoon. I took chef Jonathan Jones of Beaver's and pastry chef Jody Stevens of Jodycakes to the "marital aid" store this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    ​Whether you have baking skills, crafting skills or just helping skills, you're invited to come out to Anvil Bar & Refuge on Monday, February 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. to help assemble Valentine's Day care packages for our troops serving abroad. Although there will be plenty of baked treats on hand t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    This Valentine's Day, get her what she really wants: Russell Stover's Blood Diamond-Filled Truffles. Savor the Sparklies, Taste the Oppression!™​ Hello, and welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we were considering being cremated upon death, but now we think we'd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Artisan Chocolates at Whole Foods

    ​All-natural Lake Champlain Chocolates from Vermont are one of the stars of the Valentine's Day "Sweets for Your Sweetie" display at Whole Foods Market on Kirby. The company's chocolate blog is an amusing glimpse into life in a chocolate factory. I like the post about "frog day" on the manuf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Hot New Chocolatier in Town

    ​Dark chocolate bark with chipotle and almonds marked the beginning of a romantic Valentine's Day season at my house. My wife is wild about chocolate and chile pepper confections, so I try to buy her some every year at this time. I used to mail-order the wonderful chocolate-and-chile pepper ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Post-Valentine's Day Relationship Rescue Songs

    So Valentine's Day is over, and you spent all your dough on Cupid swag for that special sweetie, which hopefully bought your way out of the doghouse for the time being. But if not, Casanova, your Rocks Off homies still have your back - provided you have an iTunes account. Sentimentally speaking, wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Cheap Sex Ideas For A Recession Valentine's

    It's the day before Valentine's Day, the dismal economy has you strapped for cash and you haven't the slightest idea what to get your special someone.Where can you find true love on a budget? We asked some sex-toy experts. Cynthia Rodriguez is the regional manager for Cindie's stores; Geneva Rogers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    For Valentine's Day: The Five Best Romantic-Comedy Moments

    So you've decided to go the lame-ass "dinner and a movie" route for Valentine's Day, only you can't get even get a reservation at the 59 Diner and going to the movies these days just makes you wish you'd applied for that concealed handgun permit. Buck up, little camper, for even ordering a pizza and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    For Valentine's Day: The Five Worst Romantic Comedies

    With Valentine's Day approaching, tbe best most of you poor single bastards can hope for is to get through the night with your bank account relatively intact. Married folks are better off, as all they're really expected to come up with is a perfunctory gift and maybe an evening spent watching a drea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Album of the Day: Frank Sinatra's Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love

    "Witchcraft," live in Genoa, Italy, 1987 Frank Sinatra Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love www.sinatra.com Ten years after his death, Frank Sinatra's cocksure shadow looms as large as ever over affairs of the heart. Francis Albert was the "world's preeminent Chief Tilted-Hat Attitudinalist, Swingi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2007

    We Know This Great Power Line Where We Can Hang Out

    We get all kinds of swag for upcoming events. Books. Salsa. Inflatable airplanes. Hell, one time we even got one of those large rectangular air filters — why exactly, we'll never know. But we have to wonder, with Valentine's Day right around the corner, if the folks at the Park to Park Run do ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 9, 2006
  • Dining

    February 12, 2004

    Cupid Plays the Odds

    Does Restaurant Ronit/Café Beignet pass Valentine's Day muster?

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